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HELPLESS lay down a gauntlet of ill-natured grind and vitriolic blackened riffs on new album “Caged In Gold”

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Just short of five years on from their acclaimed 2017 debut album, Debt, HELPLESS return with their sophomore album – titled Caged In Gold, out now via Church Road Records. Furthering their sonic blueprint of grindcore and discordant noise, the Plymouth, UK trio’s second full length shows that time has not blunted their penchant for extremity in the slightest.

Tour dates, with support from Razoreater:

28.09.22 – Bristol @ The Crown
29.09.22 – Sheffield @ Corporation
30.09.22 – Hull @ Gorilla Studios
01.10.22 – Nottingham @ S.O.A.N
02.10.22 – Plymouth @ The Junction
07.10.22 – London @ New Cross Inn
08.10.22 – Portsmouth @ The Festing
09.10.22 – Penryn @ Fish Factory

Following tour and standalone show support slots alongside acts such as Full of Hell, Nails and Gatecreeper, as well as festival appearances at Download and Dreadfest, Dan Couch (guitar / vocals) found himself as the sole founding member of HELPLESS before bringing Caged In Gold to life. Fortifying their line-up with the additions of both Simon Walker on bass and vocals and Sam Trenchard on drums and vocals, the three-piece’s second full-length’s gestation period was a complicated but fruitful one.

Caged In Gold is the pith of all that HELPLESS are, as they lay down a gauntlet of ill-natured grind and vitriolic blackened riffs alongside cacophonously inharmonic rhythms. In less than 30 minutes, HELPLESS affirm their growing reputation as masters of callous brevity on cuts such as the jarring The Empty Gesture and frenzy-inducing Unseen Servant, before closing proceedings with complete despondency on the four-minute monolith The Great Silence.

Helpless band

As chock-full of technicality and cohesive malevolence as their sophomore effort is, there’s a starkness to HELPLESS’ sound that is captured in sobering fashion by Chris Nicholls’ painted artwork – a primal terror that lurks in all of us. Which, below the surface of all of HELPLESS’ fury, lies at the heart of the trio’s savage virtuosity.

HELPLESS is: Daniel Couch – guitar and vocals, Simon Walker – bass and vocals, Sam Trenchard – drums and vocals.


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